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Nuclear Power


Usage Globally
Light Water Reactor
Pebble Bed Reactor
Pros and Cons
New England?
Seabrook, NH?

How much uranium is available and where are the reserves (globally)?  How long are these reserves expected to last at current rates of consumption?

  • Most estimates concerning the availability of Uranium in the world, which consider known reserves and reasonable estimates of other high grade sources of uranium ore, are around 4 to 5 million tons.
  • If we add together all potential sources of uranium, including unconventional sources, the amount of uranium that is accessible around the globe is in excess of 17 million tons
  • The price for Uranium is $US50 per pound. The known conventional reserves amount to about 85 years supply at the current level of consumption.

  • Including the unexplored reserves and unconventional resources, it is estimated that the Uranium supply will suffice for 500 years.
  • The only way to achieve this is if at some point between 2010 and 2020 the uranium mining industry is dramatically expanded.

Known Recoverable Resources of Uranium

                    Tons of Uranium    % of world

Australia              1,143,000                24%

Kazakhstan           816,000                17%

Canada                   444,000                 9%

USA                        342,000                 7%

South Africa           341,000                 7%

Namibia                  282,000                 6%

Brazil                       279,000                 6%

Niger                       225,000                 5%

Russian Fed.          172,000                 4%

Uzbekistan             116,000                  2%

Ukraine                   90,000                    2%

Jordan                    79,000                    2%

India                         67,000                   1%

China                       60,000                    1%

Other                      287,000                   6%

World total            4,743,000             





Good site, a journal entry on the Oxford Energy Forum concerning Uranium supply.

Explains the availability of Uranium and the size of the resource.

The encyclopedia of Earth, a good overall summary of Uranium.

Excellent graphs and a lot about the economic side of Uranium.